Stanley Dean (Stan) Archer was born May 25, 1943, to Jack and Vesta Archer in rural Villisca. He graduated with the Class of 1961 from Villisca High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the National Guard. Stan worked for Davison Oil Company before purchasing what was later known as Stan’s Apco. In 1962, he married Joan Perry of Clarinda, and they later divorced. In 1997, he married Leisa Reed of Maryville, MO.
One of Stan’s favorite hobbies was racing stock cars throughout Iowa and Nebraska, even winning a points championship in his number 73 late model Mustang at Adams County Speedway. Stan also enjoyed spending time on the water, NASCAR, tinkering on anything with a motor, and his family. In 1980, he built, owned, and operated Stan’s Kawasaki. In March 2007, he sold the business and worked full-time as a rural mail carrier before retiring in 2016.
Stan leaves behind his wife, Leisa Archer of Clarinda; his daughters, Dana (Mick) King of Prairie City and Dyanne (Ted) York of Clarinda; sons, Craig (Carmen) Archer of Red Oak and Alex Archer of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Josh (Kaylee) King of Colfax, Avery (fiancé Ryan Kieffer) of Colo, Carson King of Prairie City, Matthew Millikan of Altoona, Paige Millikan of Clarinda, Andrew York of Clarinda, and Bridgett Archer of Red Oak; great-grandchildren, Reid and Cash King of Colfax; sisters-in-law, Janet (Terry) Root of St. Joseph, MO, Teresa (Al) Chavez of Kissee Mills, MO, Jan Archer of Corning; and brother-in-law, Leon (Marilyn) Reed of Fairfax, MO; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding Stan in death are his parents; his sister, Janice (Jim) Scott; his brother, Glenn Archer; his in-laws, Ferman and Betty Reed of Maryville.